YAHWEH (Jehovah) [yeh-ho-vaw’] :: The personal, proper name of the one true God
Translated as LORD (in English)
Used 6400+ times in Scripture
The name Yahweh is considered so sacred, Hebrew scholars refused to speak or write it. Instead, they would often only write the consonants for Yahweh, as YHWH, and use the word Adonai, meaning Lord, when speaking.
Eventually, scholars would add the vowels of Adonai to the consonants of Yahweh to look like YAHOWAH. Because of this, it has been hard to translate to various languages throughout history. In English, YAHOWAH got translated to Jehovah and often notated in Scripture as LORD.
Even still, some Jewish people will neither speak nor write the name Jehovah, and you may see JHWH or JHVH in its place.
According to the Blue Letter Bible, Yahweh/Jehovah is used when the LORD is personally involved with His people.
God said to Moses, “I AM WHO I AM”; and He said, “Thus you shall say to the sons of Israel, ‘I AM has sent me to you.’” Exodus 3:14 NASB
God Himself (Elohim) reveals His name Yahweh/Jehovah as He speaks to Moses from the burning bush. In fact, according to BibleStudyTools.com, He uses I Am and Yahweh/Jehovah interchangeably in this conversation with Moses.
We will take a look at I AM later.
For now, tell me if you have learned something new about the names of God?
Did you know some people do not speak or write the personal name of God? What do you think?